NRCS to hold outreach meeting

By Press Reports

The Choctaw County NRCS Office will be conducting an NRCS Outreach meeting on Thursday, September 13 at Noon, at 336 Front Street, Weir (formerly Crowder Drugstore). Please inform all interested in hearing about USDA/ NRCS technical and financial assistance programs.

Lunch will be served. Please call 285-6250 and ask for Judy Briggs to make your reservations.

Representatives from the following agencies will be on hand to inform you of their programs and services that are available to you and help answer any questions you may have:

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Farm Services Agency (FSA) Rural Development Authority Mississippi State University Extension Service – Choctaw County Choctaw County Soil & Water Conservation District Mississippi Forestry Commission

Outreach is a way of conducting business that ensures the under- served individuals and groups are made aware of, understand and have a working knowledge of USDA programs and services.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Mississippi is committed to making sure the services we provide are known and accessible to everyone. Our “Outreach Initiative” is very instrumental in attaining those goals. The importance of outreach cannot be stressed enough given the various groups that are unable, for a variety of reasons, to participate in our programs.

NRCS in Mississippi addresses the needs of under-served individuals and groups that include those who have not participated in or have received limited benefits from USDA or NRCS programs that could improve the quality of their lives and their immediate environment. Historically the under-served are farmers/ranchers and landowners/ operators with limited resources, minority groups that includes American Indians, Alaskan Natives, and the physically challenged.

There are also those farmers and landowners who, when compared to other farmers and landowners in a given geographic area, have a distinct disadvantage in obtaining USDA program assistance mainly due to economics.

Another group is one whose members have been subjected to racial or ethnic prejudice because of their identity as members of a group without regard to their individual qualities. This group includes American Indians or Alaskan Natives, Asians, Blacks or African Americans, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders or Hispanics.

Again, NRCS is committed to ensuring that outreach programs and services in the state of Mississippi are made accessible to all NRCS customers. By accomplishing this, we will increase participation and benefits to all under-served and non-traditional customers in this state.